Artworks by influential etchers James McNeill Whistler and Joseph Pennell are going on display at Sudley House this month.
The exhibition at the Mossley Hill Road-based museum is expected to be the last time the prints will be displayed collectively for the next 10 years, due to their light-sensitive and fragile condition.
Entitled ‘Whistler and Pennell: Etching the City’, the collection of more than 30 prints captures the changing landscape of New York and London in the final years of the industrial revolution.
Open from 5 July 2019 until March 2020, the South Liverpool showcase follows the exhibition’s successful stint at Wirral’s Lady Lever Art Gallery, where it was seen by more than 65,000 visitors.
Alex Patterson, curator of the exhibition, says: “The prints in this exhibition are bursting with detail, showing the bustle and energy of two major cities experiencing extraordinary growth and change. It is fascinating to study the work of two great artists who admired the working life of the metropolis and shared a passion and a belief for the medium of etching.
“It will also be interesting to consider the exhibition in the context of the Holt family, who prospered as ship owners during the industrial revolution and were avid art collectors, in their family home, Sudley House, full of fantastic artworks and great views over Liverpool.”